Dress Code Alterations for Chenango Forks

By Michelle Costanza

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 12:39 AM EDT

Chenango Forks, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Chenango Forks Central School District is proposing a few alterations to its dress code.

Spaghetti straps, head coverings and t-shirts bearing offensive messages are already prohibited in the hallways at Forks High, but a few more items may soon be added to the list.

Sleepwear, dangerous jewelry, dark-tinted glasses and cut-off shirts are among the additions.

Pants worn below the hips could also be banned to prevent tripping and to decrease the possibility of concealed weapons.

Teachers say some students dress inappropriately, and that many times, parents are unaware.

Any student that shows up in violation of the dress code is asked to change, and repeat offenders are occasionally given in- or out-of-school suspension.

Teachers and students agree the current policy seems to work, but they have different opinions when it comes to banning one of the most popular footwear choices: Flip-flops.

"It's more of a safety issue with people on the stairs, and in my class, I'm always anticipating someone dropping heavy or dangerous equipment on their toes," said middle school technology teacher Larry Baxter.

Students aren't necessarily keen to the no flip-flop rule though.

"The whole flip-flop thing, I really don't agree with. We've had this discussion already and a lot of the students think that we should be allowed to wear them. It gets so hot, we don't want to wear socks in the summer," said high school student Destani Kuzma.

Administrators hope the proposed changes will promote a safer and more comfortable learning environment for students.